When I hear the words ‘Glace Cherries’, images of christmas puddings, old fashioned fruit cakes or copies of the 80’s Women’s Weekly magazines float into my mind. I don’t know what it is about them, but I just haven’t found a reason to bake with them. Somewhere along the lines, I’m sure I had a bad experience with them. Perhaps it was the fruity pudding on Christmas Day when I was 10 years old – I mistook the word pudding and was hoping for a self saucing chocolate one.. but all I got was dried fruits and brandy.
I came across some of these cherries in my pantry leftover from when my twin decided to have a bake day of her own – without me!!!! She made delicious Amaretti and I’m planning on getting her to do a feature post on here because they were great!
1 packet Arnott’s Milk Coffee Biscuits (250g)
1 cup shredded/desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
200g glace cherries
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup milk or dark chocolate buttons, chopped
1 can condensed milk (395g)
– METHOD –
1. Place milk coffee biscuits in a food processor and crush until fine crumbs form. Alternatively crush the biscuits well by hand – it doesn’t matter down fine they are, bigger biscuit pieces just give the balls more texture and crunch.
2. Place biscuits in a medium bowl and add in the coconut and cocoa powder. Mix together to evenly distribute the dry ingredients.
3. In the food processor, mince the glace cherries. Again, if you don’t have access to a food processor, chopping them very finely will be okay too!
4. Tip the dry ingredients into the food processor with the minced cherries. Add in the vanilla essence and pulse until well mixed.
8. Remove mixture from fridge. In a smaller bowl, pour a good amount of coconut to cover each ball. I would start with 1 – 1.5 cups, but you can always add more as you go!
9. Roll tablespoons of the cherry ripe mixture – wet hands help this process! So keep a bowl of water next to you for dipping your hands in!
10. Drop the balls into the coconut and roll them around until they are evenly covered. Place them on baking trays or plates.
11. Continue steps 9 and 10 until all mixture is used up! Place them back in the fridge until ready for serving!
Makes approximately 40 Cherry Ripe Balls
Note: If you aren’t making these for a certain occasion and plan on keeping them for more than one day, they are best kept in the fridge! Just put them in a Tupperware container at the back of the fridge… behind the carrots.. and the apples… and all the other healthy stuff – these things are seriously addictive!!